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Annie K.
Member since Apr-02-04 · Last seen Sep-21-18
Annie Kappel

My YouTube channel, featuring pronunciations of non-English chess player names:

I'm 44 y/o, of Transylvanian origin, living in Israel since childhood. I speak English (no, really), Hungarian (great language!), and Hebrew (if I must, which is often, for some reason).

Afflicted with an uncontrollable sense of humor and other highly controversial characteristics.

I learned chess as a child, but had no further opportunities to practice the game. Returned to it seriously around 2004, and have been hanging out here since.

Note: if I am not home (i.e., here), you can probably find me at the Domdaniel chessforum, the SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum, the visayanbraindoctor chessforum, or the chessforum! :)


<My City of Moscow skits:>

<<<<<<>>>>> Kramnik's Party -> City of Moscow (kibitz #752)

<<<<<<>>>>> Sochi 2008: An F-Files Production -> City of Moscow (kibitz #774)


<Game Collection: My GotD Puns>

<My favorites:>

All Your Baze Are Belong To Us - L Baze vs T Palmer, 2004 - GotD Mar-21-10

Y Yu No Claim Repetition? - Yu Yangyi vs M R Venkatesh, 2012 - GotD Jun-30-12

He Who Has E Tate is Lost - E Tate vs Y Shulman, 2001 - GotD Sep-22-16

How Many Roads Must Aman Walk Down? - S Shankland vs A Hambleton, 2014 - GotD Dec-23-16 (besides the obvious reason for the pun - a long King walk - note also the terms 'shank' and 'amble' embedded in the player names)

So me the Wei - W So vs Wei Yi, 2013 - GotD Jan-29-17

This Won't Borya Ider - B Ider vs Wei Yi, 2014 - GotD Apr-01-17 (follow-up to previous day's GotD, 'This Won't Borya')

Injun vs Engin' - Anand vs REBEL, 1997 - GotD Jan-06-2018


<My other (linkable) site contributions:>

* The Player Names Pronunciation Project: (or look for names with a loudspeaker icon in the Player Directory)

* Created on my suggestion: Biographer Bistro

* The first (now retired) Carlsen Dancing Rook:

* The Caruana Dancing Rook:

* The Hou Dancing Rook:


<<<<<<< MAJOR CHESS SITES <<>>>>>>>>>

<< Correspondence chess <<<<<<>>>>>>>>

< ChessWorld ->

ChessWorld is my new main chess playing base. It's a rather restrictive site for non-paying members, but one of the best sites for paying members. The full features include excellent interface options and first class study and analysis resources. Nice community, likeable admin. Paid membership recommended.

< Update: while I will leave the original entry for ChessWorld as-is, I have by now been a member of the site for 2 years, and am now an admin there. I still think the site is one of the best, and the <other> admins are nice. :p >

My ChessWorld profile:

< Queen Alice ->

Queen Alice is a charming site - well behaved players, decent admin, site design visually very pleasant. It is also completely free. Unfortunately, it lacks team play, the interface and resources are relatively simple, and it can be frustratingly slow (loading times). Nevertheless warmly recommended.

My QueenAlice profile:

< GameKnot ->

GameKnot is technically an excellent site, however I would not recommend it to the serious player who is looking for a site to settle in, due to an anti$ocial admin with ju$t one $ingle intere$t in hi$ $ite... oop$, $orry about the typo$.

My GameKnot profile:

<< Other chess sites <<<<<<>>>>>>>>

< FICS - the Free Internet Chess Server ->

FICS is a great site to play chess at various faster time controls. There are a few difficulties getting started with it - first, it can be hard to find an email they will accept for registration; and second, there's a lot of site code to learn. But it's worth the hassle. :)

< ChessCube ->

ChessCube is quite good for fast time control games - provided you have a strong computer with broadband, as the site is entirely Flash based, which means it takes considerable computer resources to load. The site is nominally free, but heavily commercialized with all sorts of frills that can be purchased on it.

< Emrald Chess Tactics Server ->

Emrald is not a playing site - it is an invaluable tactical training asset. The only problem with it is also the difficulty of finding an "acceptable" email address to register with; but once past that hurdle, the site deserves nothing but praise.

It's a completely free site. You can play (practice) there as a guest, but they recommend registering, so that their program can keep track of your progress, in order to assign you puzzles best suited to your current level. I strongly second that recommendation. Register and always play logged in! It will make a huge difference in the site's ability to help you improve. An issue that scares some people off Emrald is that your progress is tracked via a "rating system", and because of the high importance they assign to speed, if you are not used to finding tactics fast, your rating will be very low at first - and many people are simply embarrassed to play logged in for that reason. Don't let it bother you! If you let embarrassment hold you back from letting the site help you improve to the best of its ability, you are only shooting yourself in the foot, and nobody else really cares that much anyway. ;p

A few of the people I've recommended Emrald to, had dropped it after a brief trial with remarks along the lines of "Oh, it's a blitz training site. I don't play blitz, so I don't like their obsession with speed." That reaction is absolutely wrong - and it's also one that many people who try the site out for only a short time are likely to have, if only because players who are used to being rated, say, 2000 and above, at corr. chess sites, are going to be annoyed and put on the defensive about finding themselves rated as low as 1200-1300 at Emrald, and will wish to dismiss the "insulting" site.

Yes, the Emrald rating system is heavily influenced by speed. But thinking that the site's purpose is blitz training is a complete misunderstanding of the lesson taught. The real purpose of Emrald practice is not to improve your blitz skills, but to train you to recognize dozens of tactical themes and opportunities AT A GLANCE - which will not only save you time in games of any time control, but is often the only way you will catch them AT ALL. Those brilliant tactical shots that can be seen in anyone's collection of "most memorable games", are often moves that will either occur to you as soon as you glance at the position, or you will miss them altogether. That's what Emrald really teaches - tactical chess intuition.

<Intuition in chess can be defined as the first move that comes to mind when you see a position. --- <Viswanathan Anand>>

<Personally, I am of the view that if a strong master does not see such a threat at once he will not notice it, even if he analyses the position for twenty or thirty minutes. --- <Tigran Petrosian >>


^ TL;DR.

Any other questions, feel free to ask. I might even answer. ;p

>> Click here to see Annie K.'s game collections. Full Member

   Annie K. has kibitzed 7507 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-18-18 Gerald Hertneck
Annie K.: I think he finally got it out of his system with Klu #35 of 2016... Chessgames Present Hunt Clues Page
   Sep-12-18 chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: Hmm... I think maybe I get it. The Louis Stumpers page regulars... <john barleycorn> are you missing <Sneaky>? It's not <Sargon>'s fault, though. :(
   Sep-11-18 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Annie K.: Thanks <Tab>. OK, if we're agreed that there was only one round to the robin, then stylistically I would prefer just round robin (without the word 'single' and without the quotes). There are - or were anyway - two big attitude problems in the Bistro that have made it almost ...
   Sep-11-18 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
   Sep-02-18 Annie K. chessforum
Annie K.: <Jim T.> thanks, I'll forward it ASAP.
   Aug-27-18 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: ... And a big thanks to the <Bookie in charge of exotics>, none other than our legendary <Switch> of course. :)
   Aug-23-18 6th Sinquefield Cup (2018) (replies)
Annie K.: <Ray Keene> you can use the usual email. Thanks.
   Aug-22-18 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: It has been said that a camel is a horse put together by a committee. Of course this is wrong, and very insulting to camels; a horse put together by a committee would be something much worse. As would be any website that actually took every suggestion by every member. :) Daniel ...
   Aug-22-18 Carlsen vs W So, 2018 (replies)
Annie K.: <Oh, the dancing rook <is> gonna work, alright...> If the game has a decisive result. :)
   Aug-18-18 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Annie K.: <Phony> The daily features lately have been coming out of an emergency queue; they are really rejects, never intended to be published. Daniel would top up the queue with his actual selections, but he usually didn't put in more than a week or two's worth in advance. We have ...
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  Annie K.: OK, send me a message at FICS. I'm AnnieK there. Hmm, emrald has been down for quite a while...
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  zanzibar: <<Annie K> Hmm, emrald has been down for quite a while...>

Yes, I was going to comment here once upon a time, seeing you were a fan of the site.

Do you know any of the story? Even when it went offline?

Too bad. At least ChessTempo is still kicking.

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  takchess: Annie, i have the first 3 weeks of puzzles lined up by days of the week. Regards. Jim
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  Tiggler: <takchess: Annie, i have the first 3 weeks of puzzles lined up by days of the week. Regards. Jim>

Have you noticed that <Jimfromprovidence> has been each day supplying on the POTD forum a puzzle more suitable for that day of the week than the one provided by <chessgames>?

He rarely posts elsewhere, and his puzzles and solutions are always excellent.

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  jith1207: <takchess> : you might wanna give your suggestion on puzzles to chessgames help email with proper subject to highlight the importance to <Sargon>, he mentioned he got access to that recently.

If he's figured out how to link games in POTD and the problem is only about finding suitable games, that could be done in front page itself.

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  jith1207: Oh sorry, I didn't notice you and Annie discussing about this earlier in your forum. My apologies.
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  Annie K.: <zanz> I noticed it went offline a long time ago, didn't look into the story. Guess I'll have to update my profile sometime. :(

<Jim> thanks very much. <Sargon> finally got in touch with me, so I'll be able to ask him to send your email to Kevin soon.

<jith> Yes, this should go via <Kevin>, not <Sargon>, but interest and well-meant advice are always appreciated. :)

<Tiggler> I didn't notice, thanks for the alert. I haven't been following the PotD for many years now. Daniel would sometimes show me a game he intended to put up, to get a second opinion on what moves come to mind first, but I didn't look at the kibitzing. I'll ask <Jimfromprovidence> if he'd like to join the effort to help <Kevin> too.

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  takchess: Absolutely the more the merrier. JimfromProvidence has been one of my favorite posters for years. Cheers, Jim
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  Tiggler: <Annie>:<I'll ask <Jimfromprovidence> if he'd like to join the effort to help <Kevin> too.>

That's good, and I am very interested to learn that you have sufficient access to know how to contact <Jimfromprovidence>, presumably by means of the email address he provided on registering.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: <Tiggler> I don't - I simply posted to his forum. :) What happens next is that I write Sargon, who <should> have access to the emails related to the accounts, being the new administrator, and <he> sends these emails to Kevin.
Aug-18-18  JimNorCal: Was Daniel the sole updater for new events? Or did he have volunteers who are locked out or mourning or ...

Significant catch-up ahead ...

Tournament Index

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  Annie K.: <JimNorCal> Daniel was the only one to set up tournament pages. I know there's a lot to catch up with.
Aug-18-18  JimNorCal: It's an enormous amount of material. Probably DF had it mostly automated.

In the old days you could get zipped files for all games in a given week from The Week In Chess. I wonder if TWIC is still a going concern.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: Yes, Daniel used to import the tournament pgns from TWIC whenever they were available there. It's still going, although I think they changed address a while ago. It's at now.
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  OhioChessFan: <zanzi> you've had a bad run. I've waited a while to repsond to this one, but here goes.

<Diademas: I'm starting to think Daniel is alive and laughing his head off over all this.>

<zanzibar: <crickets>>

I respond to <Diademas> and we get this exchange:

<OhioChessFan: <Diademas> I have been thinking the same thing, but more like, is it even possible that......... Anyway, life and death are rarely tidy and never seem to be as neatly manicured as a typical sitcom where you have a problem presented and fixed in 30 minutes.>

So <Diademas> says he's thinking it's true and I comment that I've been wondering about it. Is there crickets on my post? No.

<zanzibar: <OCF> you're suggesting <Daniel> isn't dead.

<Have you no sense of decency?>>

Find a mirror, you double standard hypocrite. Simply unbelievable.

And for good measure, over on the Daniel Freeman page:

<Dionyseus: Heh <Daniel>! IF this is an orchestrated incident to purge of its less savoury bits (who will wander away in a week or two), then more power to you, and it'd be great to hear from you. If not, then my apologies to relatives and interims - just wishful thinking. Dion>

<zanzibar: <Dion> we wish, we wish...>

Your tribalism is simply disgusting. Have you no sense of decency?

Aug-20-18  Caissanist: Well, if <Sargon> or <sneakysqeeky> or other admins are looking for volunteers to do some moderation, I am willing to pitch in, at least for deleting off-topic and guideline violating posts from the chessgames support and Daniel Freeman pages, which of course really need it. My "qualifications" are I'm willing to do it and have been a member for 13 years and a volunteer editor for most of that time, without ever stirring up any significant controversy that I know of. If, it turns out my assistance is not needed for any reason, however, I will not take it personally. You can email me on Yahoo (username oneeyedman99) or message me on (
Aug-22-18  ketchuplover: I think Magnus had good chance if he surrendered his c pawn and doubled rooks om 7th rank (vs.So)
Aug-31-18  JimNorCal: Annie, do you have a feel for how things are right now?

For example

Who's in charge?
What's working, what's broken?
What are the top priorities?
And anything else that occurs to you ...

Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: Well, who's in charge is complicated because, for the first time at cg, the owner and the webmaster are not the same person. And both are still under a lot of pressure to take care of things outside of cg, so the matter of allocating the site's routine management aspects is still not fully worked out.

Actually, *my* top priority right now is to help them develop better communication with the membership.

(with subclause #1 to this issue being that I'd like Daniel's mother to pick a username that I could actually bring myself to call her by...) ;s

On the technical fronts, we need to import and set up all the tournaments we missed between Biel and Sinquefield, turn off the homepage live banner, new GotDs, etc. etc. Don't worry, these won't be forgotten.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: Alternatively...

<Who's in charge?
What's working>

No, Who's on first, and What's on second. :)

Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <Annie K.:

No, Who's on first>


Aug-31-18  JimNorCal: Thanks, Annie.

It would be great if she/they could appoint you to an Official Communicator post so you could pass along things. I doubt DF's Mom would have interest in doing it (especially long term) and Sargon seems more of a Tech Guy than a People Person. Also, he has too much on his plate.

Aug-31-18  JimNorCal: Does anyone know if the Position/Game/Opening/Player of-the-Day is back?

For example does the Position and difficulty-level correspond to the correct day of the week?

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  Annie K.: What you call Position is commonly known as the Puzzle of the Day. :)

The Puzzles should be back on track now, though I'll have to check for how long.

The Player list is doing fine, with the same caveat.

I believe the Opening is on a fully automated cycle, like the Quote, but it wouldn't hurt to ask Sargon to make sure sometime.

The GotD hasn't been reloaded yet at all, as far as I can tell. This one is urgent.

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  Annie K.: <Jim T.> thanks, I'll forward it ASAP.
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